Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition feature on Chateauneuf-du-Pape (see blue link below).
Barroche Pure CdP 2015 - November 2017 Decanter review
This cuvée reflects a specific terroir and grape variety, as well as a hundred years of ups and downs - unstinting efforts, though crises, wars, etc... as well as years of joy and plenty. The century-old Grenache vines are deeply rooted in this mythical plot like no other, with sandy and red Comtat sandstone soil. Not only rare and unique, the resulting wine is indescribably... pure, as well as ethereal, delicate, elegant, fresh, natural, floral, silky, unctuous and absolute. "Pure features a wonderful bouquet and texture, but so much more."
The vines undergo rigorous bud pruning and green harvesting is also undertaken to ensure the grapes that are destined for the wine are of the best possible quality. The picking is completed entirely by hand, with a meticulous double sorting in the vineyard.
Winemaking takes place in underground concrete vats. The wine stays on the skins for over 4 weeks and there is a gentle extraction of flavours and colours from the grapes. Ageing then takes place in old foudre for approximately 18 months. The wine is not filtered before bottling.
This wine has a beautiful ruby colour and fabulous notes of framboise, wild strawberries and dried flowers with ample sandy, loamy characteristic. This beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra-fine tannin and outstanding length. It’s a fabulous wine and a testament to the hard work put in by the winemakers.
This wine is particularly well suited to matching with Beef Wellington.